At one point during one of the discussions, Jad mentioned something about the need to build systems and structures so that we can break free from them. At the time I did not agree so much, as there is some part of me that always desires to find out how far we can just let things go, or to understand the limits of tolerance.

Phasing works in a similar way, though taking a walk in the city makes a clean set of variables into a dirty game. I like to listen to sound on sound, or maybe it's simply the idea of 'monitoring sound' that brings to the foreground the things that have always been there.

"What can a phrase such as 'natural course' mean anymore in a time of such intense production?" is an audio recording combining several journeys traced from an original route shared by Maral Der Boghossian, who has been visiting her father's shop in Bourj Hammoud two to three times a week for over 25 years. At the time of this writing, not a single participant after Maral has been able to successfully follow the audio to reach the shop, and while this reveals certain weaknesses in the structure of the game, I guess it's also just letting things follow their natural course.

Participants in the recording: Maral Der Boghossian, Jad Baaklini, Paul Gorra, George Haddad, CĂ©line Khairallah, Lynn Kodeih, Fotini Lazaridou-Hatzigoga, Lina Sahab and the blacksmith around the corner from the tree that Maral's grandmother planted some forty years ago.

The original route can be traced here.


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This project was developed during the rePLACE Beirut workshop in April 2011.
What can a phrase such as 'natural course' mean anymore in a time of such intense production?
Elaine W. Ho